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How Long Does an Alternator Belt Last?
Your car’s alternator is what delivers energy to your vehicle’s battery. It works by means of converting mechanical energy to electrical energy, taking power from the engine’s crankshaft and delivering it to...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Alternator Belt
A failing alternator belt can cause the Battery Light to turn on, dimming or flickering lights in the car, and engine stalls.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Air Pump Belt
Check your car's air pump belt for cracks, large chunks of rubber missing, or scuffs along the outside.
How Long Does an Air Pump Belt Last?
Most newer vehicles come with two air injections systems. The primary system delivers air through the air filter, and then to the intake, where it mixes with fuel in order to...
How to Buy a Good Quality Serpentine/Drive Belt
Serpentine belts are one of those odd components that just help everything else inside the vehicle hang together and just work by helping everything else become synchronized. The serpentine drive belt connects...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Power Steering Belt
If you hear strange noises coming from the front of your vehicle or the power steering belt looks worn, have your power steering belt replaced.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Supercharger Belt
Common signs include a ticking sound from the motor, decreased fuel efficiency, and immediate loss of power.
How Long Does an Idler Pulley Last?
The drive belt that is on a car runs nearly all of the major components of the engine. Most of the newer cars on the market have a serpentine belt rather than...
How Long Does a Supercharger Belt Last?
Both superchargers and turbochargers are used on today’s vehicles to provide extra power and performance. While they do essentially the same thing (injecting additional air into the intake), they work in different...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Drive Belt Tensioner
Common signs include grinding or squeaking noises coming from the belt, unusual belt wear, and belt-driven accessories like the alternator failing.
How Long Does a Water Pump Belt Last?
There are a variety of components that make up the cooling system of a car. Most people fail to realize just how much heat their engine produces. Having the components of...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Water Pump Belt
Common signs include cracks or frayed nylon cords in the belt, squealing noises, and a burning rubber smell from the engine.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Belt
If your car squeals when you turn on the AC, has cracks in the AC belt, or is unable to defrost the windshield, you may need to replace the AC belt.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing AC Compressor Belt
If the belt has cracking on the ribs, chunks missing, or abrasions on the back or sides, your AC compressor belt may need replacing.
How to Replace a Belt in Your Car
When your engine is running, it creates power that is used for more than just accelerating. The engine’s power turns a belt on the front of the engine that...
How to Replace a Power Steering Belt
Common signs of a failing power steering belt include a squealing noise and visible cracks, cuts, or nicks on the serpentine or drive belt.
How to Replace a Water Pump Belt
A water pump belt fails when the belt frays, cracks, or there is a burning rubber smell or squealing noise coming from the engine.
How to Replace an Air Conditioning Belt
Replacing an AC belt can be challenging, as you have to locate specific parts in the car in order to do so, and use proper tools to complete the task.
How to Buy a Good Quality Timing Belt
You car’s timing belt is a big part of what makes your car run smoothly. This belt is responsible for controlling the camshafts that are in the engine. It closes and opens...

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Regarding Car AC
The basic problem is likely that the AC compressor is putting too much load on the belt, causing it to slip, then fail. This condition could be caused by an "over-filled" AC system with too much refrigerant, creating high operating...
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Timing belt ripped and after weird loud sound
Good question. I don't think there was any damage done to your car. Belts break all the time, just put a new one on and it'll be fine. Your steering wheel became hard to turn because your power steering pump...
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My car's accessories come on but the engine clicks and doesn't start
There are a couple of things that would be best to explain before answering your question. The starter uses power from the battery to start the vehicle, so if the battery is low, it may not have the power to...
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Squeaking sound coming from the front of the car when driving slow
This is very likely related to something that increases with engine speed. The drive or serpentine belts can make squeaking noises that will speed up as they do with engine speed. This is usually due to a loose or slipping...
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Squealing
It sounds like it could be your brakes; however, it could be a belt. I have seen issues where the belt won't make noise until you let off the gas. I will give you some steps to go through to...
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My car belt keeps cutting out every time I put on a new one
Hi there: In most cases when the serpentine or drive belt keeps breaking it's due to one of three issues. First, the belt is either too tight or too loose when it's installed; which is typically caused by a drive...
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Car is making noises from an unknown source. Possible alternator problem?
Remove the belt and check for noise. If the noise is gone, rotate the components that are associated with the belt. Check for smooth operation and noise. Noise that persists with the belt off could originate from inside the engine....
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concern over serpentine belt
Hello, the belt should be clean and dry when inspecting it. What could be happening is some type of fluid is leaking on the belt creating the film and smell. The fluids could be anti-freeze, engine oil or power steering...
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Smell of burning rubber after I changed the belt
You may have one or more pulley with a bad bearing that is causing the pulley to not turn with the belt, causing the burning of the belt. Have the pulleys monitored while holding the engine at 2500 RPM in...
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Squeaking whenever I turn the steering wheel, looks like moisture or Power steering fluid could be dripping on the belt ?
Hi there. It sounds like your power steering belt is loose. When power steering is being engaged such as slow or no speed turning, the demand increases on the pump and the pump is dependent upon the belt. If the...
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Engine belt and fan turned off but air is still flowing
Hi there. Typically this type of situation is caused by a broken AC Condenser. When the condenser breaks, the flow of refrigerant is stopped at the condenser on the low pressure side, which can cause the engine to shut down...
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Power steering belt broke & need to replace it. How do I replace it?
Typically, you would loosen the mounting bolts for the power steering pump and adjust the angle of the pump until the belt is loose enough to remove. There may be one or more belts for other accessories in front of...
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Water pump/water pump pulley is bad?
Hey there. When you move the fan, if you see the pulley moving up and down then you have a water pump bearing that went out. You should also notice if there is a wobble of the cooling fan clutch...
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Chirping belt
Hi there. This sounds like either the crankshaft pulley has loose attachment bolt(s) or the pulley has been damaged. The wobble evidently is pushing the belt against something which is fraying the edges as you note. I would determine the...
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Occasionally see "service charging system" on the DIC. What might be the problem?
This may be a sign of a weak battery, a failing voltage regulator or failing alternator. As you know, if the belt is loose and enough torque is supplied, this may cause the belt to slip slightly causing the alternator...
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hey i had a belt break while traveling on my 2004 honda pilot. It is the small belt and not the serpentine belt. The mechanic t
Hello. The smaller belt is known as your timing belt, and it works inside the engine to keep mechanical components aligned with each other during the compression cycle. The serpentine belt, which is the big belt, drives the alternator, water...
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How much wear denotes for a power steering belt change?
Hey there. The belt would need to be changed if it has signs of dry rot, cracks, or pieces of the belt missing. The mechanic will also note bad glazing on the belt surface. The last reason to replace the...
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Alternator belt hardly lasts more than two days. Meanwhile, when ever the belt is changed, it works well for two days again
Hi there - if the belt is failing within 2 days of driving, there is a problem with one of the components driven by the belt (alternator, AC compressor, water pump), the belt tensioner, or an idler pulley. If the...
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My car shut down while driving and won't start
If you lost power steering and then lost power to the engine you may have broken the alternator and power steering belt. Your charging system light should of come on before the battery went dead. You should first open the...
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My car makes a weird squeaking sound when I hit the accelerator.
We had a 2012 Forte and recently traded it for a 2016 Forte. Great cars. Squealing under hood can be caused by a few different reasons. The serpentine belt can be a common cause. The A/C compressor, water pump, alternator,...

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